When embarking on any weight loss journey, ditching sugar is often one of the hardest things to do. We all crave a little something sweet from time to time, so instead of giving it up cold turkey, we suggest replacing your daily treat with a healthier option. Yogurt and honey is a simple snack that will not only satisfy your sweet tooth, but boost your gut health, and yes, help you lose weight.
Yogurt is full of gut-healing probiotic cultures which aid digestion and have even shown to improve the symptoms of gastrointestinal disorders like constipation, IBS, and colon cancer. And of course, we know that healthy digestion and elimination is a key factor if you’re looking to lose weight!
On its own, honey is loaded with antioxidants which are shown to improve cardiovascular health and help ward off a wide array of diseases. Honey also contains high concentrations of key nutrients like manganese and iron, which are both essential to many of the body’s functions. Even more impressively, consuming honey has been linked to lower levels of LDL or “bad” cholesterol and triglycerides, while improving levels of HDL or “good” cholesterol — that means a healthier heart!
Though honey and yogurt are both superfood powerhouses, putting them together makes things even better. While the sweetness of the honey puts cravings to rest, you’ll also be benefiting from a hefty amount of protein from the yogurt which will boost satiety to keep you feeling full — and may even help to reduce body fat! The fat in the yogurt will also help to slow down the absorption of the glucose (sugar) in the honey, so you don’t experience a blood sugar spike. This pair is clearly a match made in heaven.
You want the yogurt to have as much as 15 grams of protein per serving, the plain Greek yogurt by Fage ($3.49, Amazon Fresh) is a great option. This tart yogurt pairs perfectly with just a tablespoon of honey for a satisfying, healthy snack. If you want to make your treat even more fun, try adding some low sugar fruit like raspberries or blueberries (which are also loaded with antioxidants) and/or a small amount of your favorite granola! If you’re dieting, however, be mindful of how much you’re adding to your yogurt as you don’t want to load it up with additional calories. Otherwise, go crazy and enjoy the benefits of the sweetest guilt-free snack!